Valleywide Legal Blog

Defensive Medicine Hurts Patients in Many Ways

Defensive medicine is the name given to actions taken by doctors, not for the primary benefit of their patients, but to reduce the chance they will be sued for medical malpractice.  It is unethical and almost always detrimental to the … Read More

Posted in Defensive Medicine, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, tort reform, trial |

A New Problem For Hospitals – And Patients

When you go to the hospital for an operation, you expect that the hospital will have the surgical instruments and medical devices the surgeon will need to perform the procedure.  With rare exceptions, that has not been a problem in … Read More

Posted in health, Hospitals, Infection, Medical Devices, science news |

One More Reason You Need A Good Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Doctors and hospitals win 85% to 90% of the medical malpractice cases that go to trial in Arizona and that statistic is true pretty much across the United States.  Doctors and hospitals win more than half of the cases even … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Finding a Medical Malpractice Lawyer, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Case Value, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, medical negligence lawyers, personal injury lawyers, plaintiff, trial, Valuing Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases |

Consolidation Threatens Doctor Independence.

If you are not concerned about consolidation in the delivery of medical services, you should be.  We like to think of the medical profession as individual providers who care about us and also care for us.  We like to think … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, Secrecy |

Nursing Homes Can Kill You – Even If You Never Set Foot In One

As the population of the United States ages, more and more of us will find ourselves or our loved ones in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.  There is more and more data to suggest that these facilities are … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, General Health, health, healthy living, Hospitals, Infection, medical research, Nurses, science news, Sepsis |

Medical Malpractice Down Under

A sad story appeared recently in the national press.  A young cricket player in Australia broke her thumb in a game.  She went to a nationally recognized hospital in her area for treatment.  She was correctly told that this could … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, never events, Nurses, Orthopedics, Surgical Errors |

Staggering Malpractice at the VA

A Veterans’ Administration pathologist sits in jail today.  He is charged with three counts of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of three veterans who sought treatment at the VA hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Investigation has revealed that he routinely misread … Read More

Posted in Cancer, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Fraud, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis, Nurses |

Another Large Malpractice Verdict – Part II

Last week I wrote about what was the largest medical malpractice verdict in Maryland history.  A young girl, now almost 5, was born prematurely with profound brain injuries as the result of a delay in delivery.  Her attorneys argued that … Read More

Posted in Birth Injuries, Cesarean Section, Doctors, Hospitals, Informed Consent, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, Malpractice costs, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice damages caps, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, trial, Verdicts |

Another Large Malpractice Verdict

Recently a Baltimore jury awarded just over $229 million in a case involving a birth injury.  If that is all you know, you can fill in a lot of the other blanks automatically.  You will know that, as in the … Read More

Posted in Birth Injuries, Cesarean Section, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Informed Consent, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, trial, Verdicts |

Hospitals and the Weekend Effect

The weekend effect is a recognized phenomenon in the medical world.  You and I aren’t the only people who like to have some time off on the weekends.  So do doctors and nurses and the many other workers who are … Read More

Posted in Doctors, health, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, medical errors, Nurses |